The Ultimate 5-Minute High Protein Lunch: Broccoli Bowl

For anyone looking to maintain a healthy diet without spending hours in the kitchen, quick and nutritious meals are essential. The high protein broccoli bowl is a perfect example of a high protein lunch that not only supports weight loss but also satisfies with its delicious flavors and textures. This recipe leverages the convenience of pre-prepared ingredients and the nutritional powerhouse of broccoli to create a high protein lunch lunch that’s ready in just five minutes.


Easy, healthy lunch recipe: protein broccoli bowls! 🥦 I’ve been making these for lunch for years 🍲 I love topping the broccoli with grilled chicken, marinara sauce and creamy goat cheese, but you can enjoy this with all sorts of protein options and other toppings. 33g protein, 3g fiber, 9g net carbs, 307 calories #easyhealthylunch #healthylunchideas #highproteinlunch #broccoli #broccolirecipe #fastlunchideas #highfiber #lowcarblunch #ketolunch #easylunchrecipe #delicious #easyrecipe

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Ingredients: Simple and Nutritious

  • Broccoli Florets: One bag, used for its high protein, fiber, vitamins A and C.
  • Grilled Chicken Strips: Four ounces, precooked (available from stores like Costco).
  • Marinara Sauce: 1/4 cup, preferably a brand like Rao’s with no added sugar.
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese: Two tablespoons, can substitute with any cheese of your choice.
  • Crushed Red Pepper: For garnishing, adds a spicy kick.

Recipe: How to Make the High-Protein Broccoli Bowl

Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  1. Prepare the Broccoli: Place the bag of broccoli florets in the microwave. Poke a few holes in the bag for ventilation and microwave on high for three minutes.
  2. Assemble the Bowl: Add about half the bag of steamed broccoli to your bowl. Top with the precooked grilled chicken strips.
  3. Add Flavor: Pour the marinara sauce over the chicken and broccoli.
  4. Add Cheese: Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese over the top.
  5. Microwave to Finish: Pop the bowl back into the microwave for about 30 seconds, just enough to warm everything up and melt the cheese slightly.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle crushed red pepper over the top for an extra bit of spice. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits

This broccoli bowl is not only quick to make but also packed with nutrients:

  • Broccoli is a great source of protein, fiber, and vitamins that support overall health and digestion.
  • Chicken provides a high-quality protein that is essential for muscle repair and growth.
  • Marinara sauce adds flavor without the extra sugar found in many other sauces.
  • Goat cheese offers a tasty way to get some calcium and additional protein.

FAQs About the High-Protein Broccoli Bowl

  1. Can I use fresh broccoli instead of prepackaged? Absolutely! Fresh broccoli can be chopped and steamed in the microwave or on the stovetop. Adjust cooking times accordingly.
  2. What are some alternative proteins I can use? Tofu, tempeh, or any kind of beans can be excellent vegetarian protein substitutes for chicken in this recipe.
  3. Can I prepare this meal in advance? Yes, you can steam the broccoli and prepare the chicken ahead of time. Assemble and microwave when ready to eat for a quick meal.
  4. What other toppings work well with this dish? Feel free to experiment with toppings like olives, anchovies, or different types of cheese like feta or mozzarella for a new flavor profile.
  5. Is this recipe suitable for a keto diet? Yes, this broccoli bowl is low in carbs and high in protein, making it suitable for those following a ketogenic diet.
Lolita Carrico
Lolita Carrico
Exploring the art of graceful aging, I share my journey and tips on wellness, beauty, and nutrition for women embracing their vibrant 40s and beyond.

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